The award-winning multimedia journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who famously outed himself as an illegal US immigrant in The New York Times, founded the organization Define American, which harnesses the power of storytelling and social media to build support for immigration reform. They have launched a campaign to start a conversation about illegal immigrants and raise awareness of the immigration system.
The campaign encourages Americans to share their personal stories and describe what it means to be an American, with a goal of starting a dialogue across the country about immigration and immigration laws’ effects on families and communities.They can share their story via text, audio or YouTube video, and Define American’s YouTube channel has a collection of the submissions.
The campaign has kicked off with stories from both well-known people and members of the public. Stephen Colbert, Sen. Robert Menendez, Twilight: New Moon director Chris Weitz and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark have all recorded videos. Vargas’ own story is especially powerful: